Yadier Molina's World Series Dream
Back in March during spring training, catcher Yadier Molina said that his major dream this season was to reach once again the World Series.
Back in 2006, the younger of the Molina brothers had one of the best postseason performances by a Puerto Rican in major's history. In the Fall Classic, he blasted Detroit Tigers pitching with a .412 batting average, seven hits in 20 at-bats, two doubles and one RBI. Even though his Cardinals won the championship, not many notice his presence.
Honestly, for whatever reason was not until his year that Yadier got the attention of fans around the country as he was selected to be the opening National League All-Star Game catcher. Not even his Gold Glove Award was received last year. By the way, he should win it again this season too.
As postseason games are under march, it is very possibly that his dream can come true. His St. Louis troop is one of the favorite teams to win the National League pennant. Of course, they have to surpass first the battling Los Angeles Dodgers.
In Puerto Rico, people should forget a little bit about all the crisis going on and root for the Cardinals. At least for a day. This upcoming Saturday, Yadier Molina will be the battery mate of fellow Puerto Rican Joel Piñeiro. By the way, Piñeiro’s performance this past regular season jointly with Atlanta Braves Javier Vazquez were the best two by our islanders in the majors in 2009.
A win this Saturday at St. Louis Busch Stadium will not only be history in the Island but also a good pinch for Yadier.
He also said in the spring time that if that dream come true he would be crazy about to be together with at least one of his brothers in the World Series. That can also become a reality if the New York Yankees goes all the way once again to the October Classic. And his nemesis will be brother Jose Molina.
If it happens, they could literally play against each other. A.J. Burnett announced that during all this postseason, his man behind the plate will be Jose instead of regular also Puerto Rican Jorge Posada. No matter what happens if a Red Birds vs. Bronx Bombers happens, it will be a Puerto Rican battle at home plate.
For Posada reaching the World Series will be of good hope too. Now in the latter stage of his career, the 15-year season veteran could be playing in his sixth World Series in his career. He was the man behind the plate in those Yankee three-peat championships from 1998-2000 but no rings in 2001 and 2003 against the Diamondbacks and Marlins, respectively.
Other Puerto Rican looking for World Series dreams this days as Molina and Posada is Mike Lowell.
For the 12-season third baseman, it could be that a Fall Classic is his best way to probably end his distinguished career. Even though only 35 years old, Lowell have been hampered by chronic hip ailments that have slowed him down the past two years.
Sometimes his career is unthinkable and unlucky after his great MVP performance back in the 2007 World Series win by his Boston Red Sox.
For Lowell, if his Red Sox surpass the Los Angeles Angels and who knows whom else in the way, he would be looking to be in his third Fall Classic in his career. Let's not forget Lowell was one of the heroes of the 2003 Florida Marlins championship with fellow Puerto Rican Ivan Rodriguez.
As for the older Molina, Bengie from the San Francisco Giants, he said he would not miss any game and will root for both of his brothers. He would have hope to be in this postseason too however he hopes in 2010 would be his year to have his own turn October post-season version of a Molina vs. Molina.
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